TORONTO (The News Desk) — A new study released by the Behavioural Analytics Lab at the University of Alberta claims that more than 86 per cent of Canadians fail to say “Thank you” upon exiting residential and commercial elevators.
The study, which was conducted over several years in lobbies across the country, recorded and analyzed the reactions of hundreds of Canadians exiting elevators.
“A small minority of subjects nodded tentatively towards the elevator or hesitated upon exiting. Some of the test subjects attempted to shake hands with the elevator. But the percentage of subjects who actually offered a sincere ‘Thank you’ to the elevator was tiny. Less than 14 per cent,” explained study author Simone Raina.
“Most people simply walked straight out of the elevator without hesitation, like there was no reason to be thankful.”
The percentage of subjects who said “Thank you” after leaving an elevator with at least one other person in it was only marginally higher, at 16 per cent.
“This rapid erosion of manners is likely a symptom of our increasingly interconnected, digital lifestyles,” speculated Raina.
The study comes hot on the heels of a similar study at the University of Saskatchewan, which found that fewer than 12 per cent of Canadians high-five their bosses before leaving work. ♦
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